President Donald Trump is claiming his latest swipe at U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in a closed-door meeting with House Republicans was well-received despite multiple reports the comments drew boos from GOP lawmakers.
"Had a great meeting with the House GOP last night at the Capitol. They applauded and laughed loudly when I mentioned my experience with Mark Sanford. I have never been a fan of his!" Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
Had a great meeting with the House GOP last night at the Capitol. They applauded and laughed loudly when I mentioned my experience with Mark Sanford. I have never been a fan of his!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2018
At the Tuesday meeting, which was supposed to be focused on immigration, Trump reportedly mockingly asked Republicans whether Sanford was in attendance because he wanted to "congratulate him on running a great race."
Sanford was attempting to fly out of Charleston at the time — his plane was delayed.
Last week, Sanford lost his GOP primary to Summerville state Rep. Katie Arrington, a vocal Trump supporter who made Sanford's public criticism of the president a central message in her campaign.
At the Tuesday gathering, Trump reportedly called Sanford "a nasty guy," which prompted some Republicans to start booing the president, according to reporters and lawmakers.
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, did not take kindly to the president's remarks about a fellow member of the Freedom Caucus, calling Trump's remark "a classless cheap shot."
Upon seeing Trump's latest tweet, Amash took to Twitter himself Wednesday to refute the president's version of what happened.
"House Republicans had front row seats to @POTUS’s dazzling display of pettiness and insecurity. Nobody applauded or laughed. People were disgusted," Amash posted.
Sanford also made note of Trump's alleged departure from the truth.
"Why one would want to revise history and create a new storyline that does not exist in reality is beyond me," Sanford told Buzzfeed.
The latest tweet from the president continues a public feuding between Trump and Sanford, which intensified last week when Trump endorsed Arrington, Sanford's primary challenger who has pledged to advance Trump's agenda.
In the endorsement, Trump brought up Sanford's extramarital affair while governor in 2009, in which his cover for a trip to Argentina to see his mistress spawned the euphemism "hiking the Appalachian Trail."
Sanford, a longtime conservative, has repeatedly and publicly taken aim at Trump. He was one of two Republicans to sign a letter calling on the president to release his tax returns. Sanford has also publicly criticized the president for his stances on opening Atlantic waters to coastal drilling, tariffs and, even more pointedly, the president's often caustic behavior toward foes.
Following his primary defeat, Sanford appeared on multiple TV interviews in which he publicly questioned the direction of the Republican Party in the age of Trump, and questioned whether the president will face repercussions for his frequent fabrications.
At her victory party, Arrington declared: "We are the party of President Donald J. Trump!"